Northeast Region

Region Mission

The commitment of the professional membership has been the key to the success of the Association for Learning Environments. We must now build on this tradition by increasing our membership to include sectors now under-represented within the organization. Increasing membership from the communities we serve to include minorities and urban school personnel.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Janell Weihs

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Upcoming Programs

New York Chapter School Tour

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen
2072 Curry Road
Schenectady, NY 12303

Join the New York Chapter on a school tour of the newly constructed 52,700 SF.

$20 Members
$45 Non-Members
FREE Educators

Click here to register online.

Housing untraditional, high-tech classrooms and laboratories designed to simulate real-world work environments, the complex exists through a partnership between Mohonasen Central School District, Schenectady County Community College, and Capital Region Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).


To align with the region's need to build a skilled workforce pipeline for local industries, the facility supports unique programs and offers an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning that is integral to STEAM education for traditional students and adult learners. Spaces include a large group instruction room for traditional presentations/lectures; an electrical lab for alternative energy and photovoltaic systems; an advanced machining/manufacturing lab; a nanotechnology lab; a health professions lab; a black box theatre/graphic arts lab; a welding lab; and a woodshop classroom, among other classrooms and meeting space.


With the ability to accommodate more than 400 students each day, the CAT has the potential to truly change the career trajectory of many local high school, college, and adult learners. By molding exactly what regional manufacturing businesses are looking for, students will leave this facility with what it takes to succeed in the Capital Region and beyond.

3 AIA Credits Available

2:00 pmA/E Team Presentation
3:00 pmBreak
3:15 pmDiscussion with School Administration
4:00 pmFacility Tour
5:15 pmSocial/Happy Hour

Save the Date!

Northeast Regional Conference

April 10-14, 2018
Baltimore, Maryland
2018 Save the Date

The Regional Board meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at Noon Eastern Time Zone

ALEPs in your Region

Pamela J. Babuca, ASID, IFMA, ALEP
Michael Blake, ALEP
Jason Glenn Boone, ALEP
Paul Bradshaw, ALEP
Lori Cowles, AIA, ALEP, LEED BD + C
Craig J. Dailey, AIA, ALEP
William V. Doane Jr., ALEP
Anne Cook Draudt, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP
Joel Gallihue, ALEP
Robert J. Hendriks III, ALEP
Joanna Hoffschneider, ALEP
Stacey Hughes, ALEP
Kate Jessup, ALEP
Ronald Kauffman, ALEP
Ronald R. Lamarre, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP, BD+C
Mary Lee, ALEP
David L'Hommedieu, ALEP
Grace Lynch, AIA, PP, ALEP
Darrell MacDonald, ALEP
Mark A. Manetti, ALEP
Krystal McGee, ALEP
Vern L. McKissick III, AIA, ALEP
Dr. Richard D. Moretti, Ed.D., ALEP, LEED AP
Beth Penfield, ALEP
Jeanne K. Perantoni, AIA, ALEP
Robert M. Pillar, AIA, ALEP
Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP
Emily Rae, ALEP
Samantha Rodriguez, ALEP
Greta Sawyers, ALEP
Kat Schooley, ALEP
John D. Shea, ALEP
Gary R. Slutzky, AIA, ALEP
Cynthia Smith, PE, ALEP, PMP
Sarah Smith, ALEP
Tyler S. Specht, ALEP
Terry L. Thompson, ALEP
Dr. Michael A. van Hamel, ALEP
Melissa Wilfong, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C


2017 Conference Photos

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2017 Regional Design Awards

Kirkbride Award
Andover Bancroft Elementary School
Andover School District | Andover, MA
Symmes Maini & McKee Associates

Andover Bancroft Elementary School
Andover Bancroft Elementary School

The Andover Bancroft project demonstrated a forward-thinking planning process and design solution. The interior learning environment included a variety of instructional spaces with a great deal of flexibility. Grade level classrooms are visually and physically connected to an adjacent learning commons and small group pull-out spaces beyond. Folding glass walls between these spaces give teachers and students the alter the learning place at any time. Similarly, the project demonstrates exceptional environmental stewardship by not only restoring wetlands, but also by making the site available as part of the learning experiences of children. Jurors comments about the project included, "...a project worthy of the Kirkbride award..." "A creative solution for the 21st century and beyond."
Projects of Distinction
Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center
Independent Day School | Englewood, NJ

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center
Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

The Hajjar STEM Center project is an elegant and effective solution to a common educational challenge, how to integrate the STEM disciplines in an experiential and meaningful way. Its planning process was comprehensive, involving research, school tours, and visioning with a wide variety of stakeholders. The learning environment, itself, provides students with a sense of being in a high-tech start-up. Gensler's final design is a success on many levels, but most notably because it has positively impacted the way students learn.
Mill Creek Elementary
Bristol Town School District | Levittown, PA
SchraderGroup Architecture

Mill Creek Elementary
Andover Bancroft Elementary School

Bristol Town School District was faced with a daunting challenge: how to improve its nine aging elementary schools quickly and cost-effectively. Mill Creek Elementary School was part of the District's solution to consolidate nine small schools into three larger ones. Planning for the project organized the building into two schools-within-a-school, one K-2 and one 3-5 with shared functions between. The project also demonstrates the successful concept of every space as a learning space. Having such a wide variety of spaces available for learning allows teachers and students to choose spaces the best align with the activities of the day and students individual learning preferences.

Congratulations to our Advanced Academy Scholarship Recipient!

Mary E. Murphy Mary E. Murphy Lee, M. Ed.
Educational Facilities Planner
School District of Philadelphia, Capital Projects
Office of Grade and Space Planning

Read more about Mary.